Justice Tanko Mohammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria says that lawyers who engaged in unprofessional conduct during court proceedings would be sanctioned.
Mohammad was represented by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour while marking the 2020/2021 legal year and swearing-in the 72 newly conferred 72 Senior Advocates of Nigeria SAN.
He appealed to lawyers, particularly the young ones to always observe all court rules and not mislead their clients for pecuniary gains.
He said henceforth severe sanctions will be meted out on lawyers so therefore, they should always show the ability and capacity to counsel clients well.
He charged them to respect and observe all the tenets of an enduring democracy. Nigeria is not a lawless society and no one, irrespective of his or her status, should turn it to one.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria also added that the apex court in the 2019/2020 legal year had a total of 908 cases, comprising of motions and appeals.
Out of the number, they heard 497 civil, 168 criminal and 35 political matters, thus amounting to a total of 700 motions.
The court also considered a total number of 208 appeals, being 134 civil, 52 criminal and 22 political appeals and also, a total of 189 judgments were given within the legal year under review.
He also noted the apex court disposed of 52 corruption and financial crime cases, the court of appeal, 121 cases, Federal High Court, 19, FCT High Court 10 cases and all state High Courts, 188 cases.
The Dandal Kura Radio International reports that all the speakers called for collective efforts for an improved and respectable judicial system in the country.